After Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2020I hope you all enjoyed a safe Thanksgiving. We didn’t have our normal celebration with international faculty, students, friends, etc. as we cannot risk anyone’s life during the pandemic.

So, why not change the whole menu?

The result was Nasi Goreng (top left) with Telor in coconut sauce (top right) and Pad Thai (bottom). Needless to say these are also our leftovers for today.


This time of year also marks the beginning of my ‘Writing with WordPress’ period. On November 24, 2009 I started the website Defrosting Cold Cases. It felt like a jump into the deep end of the pool but I soon learned where the lifesavers were located. You can read here why I started it.

I wondered whether I should write another year review. I have not. The pandemic has changed a lot. Working or being at home doesn’t mean you have more time. The situational anxiety we all feel doesn’t always provide the right mood to write. If I look at my stats it is clear that I wrote less in 2020. It wasn’t intentional as my list with writing requests is huge.

I am also behind with writing book reviews. Unfortunately, this year for the first time I experienced book reviewer bashing. I really believe that if you don’t want to know what others think of your writing you should not have published your book. If you hold it so close to your heart and cannot bear that anyone points to a mistake or honestly tells you why they didn’t like it, maybe don’t offer your book to reviewers. To cut a long story short, several emails landed in my inbox with comments online. It has made me more careful with whom I work on manuscripts.

So, the plans after this Thanksgiving? An inventory of what was left behind in 2020 and planning for 2021. But first, we eat leftovers!

Review Leuchtturm1917 Jot Book

Leuchtturm1917 Jot Book Cover

One of the big advantages of having a personal blog aside from the professional website is that I can now post any review that I want.

On the professional site, I feel bound by the theme. It is self-imposed, I know, but I feel it all should remain appropriate and respectful tot he victims and there families. But here, anything goes. Well, within limits.

One of my addictions is stationery. I recently found this jot book from leuchtturm1917. I am probably late to that party. I have used their bullet journals for a long time now but never used their jot books. And now that I have, I love it!

Leuchtturm1917 Jot Book

Leuchtturm1917 Jot Book

The jot books have a unicolour, soft cover. There are only sixty pages but aside from that, it has the coveted index and numbered pages. At the top of each page is room for the date. The paper feels the same from the bullet journals. My fountain pen has no trouble flowing smoothly over the pages and the bleeding and feathering is kept to a minimum.

What I really like is the sixty pages.

The traditional bullet journals have 251 pages. For a personal journal or a long-term project, that is perfect, preferred even. Keeping information together is very practical. However, there are all these smaller jobs, projects, and tasks that do not warrant their own 251 page bullet journal. I’d be wasting paper as the smaller projects do not fill the whole book.

Writing down smaller projects in my personal journal is not an option either. For example, during committee/work related meetings, etc. I don’t want anyone to see my personal journal notes. So, that’s where these jot books come in handy. I use the jot books for smaller projects, household notes, making holiday plans, short online courses, etc. Anyone else tried these?